The currachs have moved to Galway

The currachs have moved to Galway

The exhibition of 21 decorated currachs which captured the imagination of visitors to Inis Oirr all summer has journeyed to the NUI Galway campus to officially launch a new partnership between Áras Éanna arts centre and the University. A total of 20 of the currachs will remain on display in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway until October 10, with the public invited to visit free of charge and without prior booking. The 21st currach, by Oughterard-based artist Kathleen Furey, has gone on display inside Galway Cathedral. In a neat piece of synchronicity, Kathleen’s homage to a stained glass window by...

The ‘Curacha’ are coming!

The ‘Curacha’ are coming!

The exhibition of 21 decorated currachs which has captured the imagination of visitors to Inis Oirr and locals over the past two months is set to go on display on the NUI Galway campus from this Friday, September 17. ‘Curacha’, featuring 21 artists to celebrate the 21st birthday of Áras Éanna, includes works by acclaimed sculptor John Behan, Tuam-based visual artist Jennifer Cunnigham, Mayo-based Ger Sweeney, and Sadia Shoaib, who has been living in Direct Provision for the past six years. NUI Galway and Áras Éanna will launch the exhibition at 11am on Friday in the university’s Quadrangle in partnership...

A stunning range of styles

A stunning range of styles

An asylum-seeker from Pakistan, a hugely talented young visual artist from Co Armagh, and a print-maker based in Co Kerry are just three of the artists whose amazing works have brightened up Inis Oirr this summer. Sadly, the ‘Curacha’ exhibition which celebrates 21 years of Aras Eanna as an arts centre comes to an end this Sunday (September 12). It has been an amazing summer. Since we launched this exhibition in glorious sunshine on July 17, hundreds upon hundreds of people have visited our theatre and courtyard to check out the 11 stunning pieces of art here at Aras Eanna....

A happy day at Áras Éanna

A happy day at Áras Éanna

It was an honour for Aras Eanna Ionad Ealaíne to welcome the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina, and daughter Alice Mary to spend the day with us on Inis Oirr yesterday. They visited Aras Eanna to check out some of the 21 currachs in the ‘Curacha’ exhibition which celebrates our 21st birthday as an arts centre. In the theatre, guided by Artistic Director Dara McGee, they were delighted to check out the stunning works of art by their old friends, sculptor John Behan and painter Mick O’Dea. They loved the other currachs too. They were also...

Bringing Beckett to the island

Bringing Beckett to the island

A new Irish language production of ‘Happy Days’ by Samuel Beckett will be staged outdoors at the back of Inis Oirr as part of the Galway International Arts Festival from August 30 to September 5. The show by Company SJ is a partnership between Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaíne and the Abbey Theatre, and performances will take place at 1.30pm each day at Creig an Staic, a venue which has been adapted especially for the play. A special exhibition will take place in the Aras Eanna art gallery while the show is being performed on the island. Director Sarah Jane Scaife,...

Carrying the songs back to Aran

Carrying the songs back to Aran

A story which began on the Aran Islands in March of last year and made its way to Turkey via more than 400 people and 50 languages is the subject of a fascinating exhibition which opens at Áras Éanna next Tuesday. The story which began with a young storyteller Liam O Falthearta on Inis Mór was passed on via a giant game of Chinese Whispers as part of a project called ‘Carrying the Songs’. Artist Alannah Robins recorded each version of the story as it made its way from Inis Mór to Istanbul, moving between languages and across 29 countries...

Meet the ‘Curacha’ artists

Meet the ‘Curacha’ artists

Their works have transformed our island. From now until September 12, you can follow the trail around Inis Oirr and discover the amazing works by 21 Irish artists for the ‘Curacha’ exhibition which celebrates 21 years of Áras Éanna. Seven of the pieces, including a stunning sculpture by John Behan, are inside the theatre at Áras Éanna and can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday (11am to 4pm). Four more are in the courtyard outside. And visitors to the island’s church are in for a special treat in the form of Kathleen Furey’s detailed tribute to a stained glass window...

Two special events on Saturday

Two special events on Saturday

  A “walkabout” theatre show and the opening of an exhibition by a collective of more than 20 artists from Galway are among the highlights of a day of celebration to mark the 21st birthday of Aras Eanna on Saturday. People on the island are invited to attend the world premiere of ‘It’s A Lovely Day for A Hike’ by Turas Theatre Collective, which starts outside the island’s secondary school at 2.30pm. Those who join the show, by performers Debbie Wright, Helen Gregg and Daniel Guinnane, will be invited to enjoy an outdoor show which involves a ramble across the island...

Follow the currachs around Inis Oirr

Follow the currachs around Inis Oirr

There is great excitement on the island of Inis Oirr this week ahead of the launch of an open air exhibition of 21 currachs by artists from all along the western seaboard to celebrate the 21st birthday of the island’s arts centre. Each of the six foot currach creations, fabricated in metal and covered in canvas, are on display at Áras Éanna and at a strategic locations around the island for an outdoor exhibition called ‘Curacha’ which is fully compliant with coronavirus guidelines. The Artistic Director of Áras Éanna, Dara McGee, came up with the idea of asking 21 artists...